Video editing novice build for under $1000

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I need everything in about two weeks but the sooner the better

About 1000 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Media storage(music HD movies etc), learning to edit video via Premiere or Sony Vegas.

keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, amazon, or anywhere with warranty pretty much. I'm open to suggestion


AMD Phenom II x6, or Intel i7 930





Basically, I'm headed overseas for a semester to study film. The laptop that I've been planning to take with me is in need of a few repairs which, through Sony, could total out to be around 500 bucks. I have saved around a thousand and figured now would be a good time to build a new desktop, because I'm more interested in power and storage these days than I have been for the past couple of years.
Also, I can scrounge up $300 for a new netbook which would serve me well for classroom note-taking as well as casual web-surfing abroad.

But my desktop, I want to be able to store and watch HD video. I also want to be able to edit video at reasonable speeds using Adobe Premiere and possibly Sony Vegas.

I need to have the machine ready to ship with me in just about exactly two weeks.

Any advice on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated.

(In reference to gaming, it is not of a great deal of importance to me. If it can run StarCraft II down the line then great, if it can't I'll still be fine.)
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  1. i haven't configured many intel desktops so maybe some one else can strain out the unnecessary stuff from this

    i am more of an AMD configurator
  2. Hmmm....
    Upendra09's built is an ultimate built which perhaps too expensive.
    I will give you more economical solution :

    1. Since it is more about video editing and some gaming, I think AMD X6 1055T or X4 955 should be enough. i7 930 is somehow an overkill.

    2. RAM is very important, belive me you don't want to process HD1080 with only 4GB.
    8GB RAM should be enough (since the procs I suggest have only 2 channels).

    3. I don't think he needs XFire so ASUS M4A77TD with only 1 PCIex16 should be enough.

    4. ATI HD5770 should be also enough

    5. HDD

    6. Casing (I have the first generation, and still using it)

    7. DVD

    8. PSU 450W should be enough for my configuration (note : no XFire possible, please see mobo and PSU power rating):

    9. If you still have room in your budget :

    10. CPU Fan (Only if you are going to OC your system)

    Starcraft II doesn't need very powerful hardware.
  3. yeah i was wondering about how the phenom would perform but i thought the i7 would handle vid editing better
  4. Phenom would do just fine.
    If you still wanna stick with Intel then just pick i7 820.
    i7 9xx ist still way too expensive.
  5. The i7 860 is what i just went with. It is great for vid editing at an economical price. It's a quad which can virtualize 8 cores. Also has the ability to utilize hyperthreading with cs5 which will utilize ur 64 bit OS. I highly recommend the i7 860 for vid editing along with using a Raid 0 setup to help with access time to your footage.
  6. Thank a lot, everyone.

    I'm currently thinking this is what I'm going with. Intel i7 930 has stronger performance with CS5 and I think I've managed a pretty solid system around that for the cost.

    But I find myself out of my element in two areas (don't be shy if you think I'm way off base anywhere else):

    1. Storage: I don't know if I should partition one drive dividing storage and apps, or if I should SSD or RAID or what...

    2. GPU: I've read that the CPU does the brunt of the work and that merely having a decent OpenGL 3x ready card that can rock CUDA is enough, some have said that way less than that is enough.

    But here's what I do know... I dig the case, mobo, CPU situation that I'm working with here (size, case design, board quality), plus 6gb of ram seems like enough out of the gate for what I'm doing.

    Here's the card that I'm thinking of getting as of now.

  7. 1. 1 SSD is faster even than 2 7200rpm HDDs in RAID. I choose to have 1 SSD for themaster partition (windows and programs) and a big HDD for the datas.
    Crucial C300/OCZ Vertex 2 and Samsung F3 is a pretty good combination.

    2. I am writting this from office and photobucket is blocked, I can't see the pics. comment on those becuase of this matter.
    I will comment Amazon's link, 9800 is old man...get ATI HD 5830 or higher (XFire) , or GT460 or higher (SLI), if you want a really good GPU.
  8. Okay here's what it says in the picture.

    Intel Core i7-930...289.99

    APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case ...29.99

    Sunbeam CR-CCTF92-4 92mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 ...31.99

    Rosewill Xtreme Series RX750-D-B 750W Continuous @40°C ,80 PLUS Certified, ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91, SLI Ready CrossFire

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ...144.99 Combo

    ASUS Rampage III Gene LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK ...360.98 Combo

    Total before GPU is $857.93

    The Micro ATX stipulation as well as the case seem to fit my size needs at the moment.

    I'm not really into gaming right now so the I think the current GPU makes sense as long as it takes a little pressure of the processor.

    However, if I'm not planning to game hardcore is there any reason not to go with the 9800?
    (besides it not having an S-Video out which I was kind of looking for)

    PS here's the thread that I read that gives a rationale for the 9800GT card
  9. 1. Mobo is ATX and Casing is micro ATX...not compatible...try Antec 300.

    2. I prefer to have a better brand in term of PSU, try Corsair, Seasonic, Silverstone, Tagan, Antec, or Enermax.

    3. OCZ RAm is not on my list, try G.Skill, Corsair, Crucial, Patriot, Kingston, or Mushkin.

    4. Sunbeam CR-CCTF92-4 92mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2, I have never use comment....but I would take :
    if it still fits your budget.

    5. 9800 belongs to the older generation. You will be paying for old stuff, 9800 is about two generations backwards. GTS/X 2xx came after 9800 and GTX 400 is the newset one. 9800 is already out of date, so don't even ask me about tommorow or future proof, but it is the cheapest solution to get OpenGl 3.2. It is your call.
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